Pre-Dentistry Courses

The American Dental Education Association has posted a Table of Required and Recommended courses at Different Dental Schools.

The following KU courses meet requirements at most dental schools:

English Composition I. Satisfied by:  
ENGL 101 Composition 3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
English Composition II. Satisfied by:  
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
or ENGL 205 Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar: _____
Biology I with Lab. Satisfied by:  
BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 4
or BIOL 151 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors
Biology II with Lab. Satisfied by one of the following:  
BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology 4
or BIOL 153 Principles of Organismal Biology, Honors
General Chemistry I with Lab. Satisfied by one of the following: 5
General Chemistry I  
Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences I  
Foundations of Chemistry I, Honors  
General Chemistry II with Lab. Satisfied by one of the following: 5
General Chemistry II  
Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences II  
Foundations of Chemistry II, Honors  
Organic Chemistry I with Lab. Satisfied by one of the following: 5
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
 
Organic Chemistry I, Honors
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
 
Organic Chemistry II with Lab. Satisfied by one of the following: 5
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
 
Organic Chemistry II, Honors
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
 
Physics I with Lab. Satisfied by one of the following: 4-5
College Physics I  
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
 
General Physics I Honors  
Physics II with Lab. Satisfied by one of the following: 4
College Physics II  
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
 
General Physics II Honors  

In addition, the UMKC School of Dentistry also requires:

Anatomy with lab. Satisfied by: 5
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory
 
Physiology with lab, satisfied by one of the following: 5
Principles of Human Physiology
and Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory
 
Mammalian Physiology
and Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
 
Cell biology: Satisfied by:  
BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function 3*
Biochemistry: Satisfied by:  
BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures 3-4
or BIOL 636 Biochemistry I

*BIOL 350 Genetics (4) is a required prerequisite for BIOL 416 Cell Biology.

For a printable list of requirements visit our Resource page!

Recommended non-science courses include: Art (ART 122 Fundamentals of Sculpting, 131 Ceramics, and/or 132 Metalsmithing & Jewelry Making (3)), Business and Spanish.

Here's one option for sequencing required sciences:

1st Fall 1st Spring 2nd Fall 2nd Spring 3rd Fall 3rd Spring 4th Fall 4th Spring
Chemistry I Chemistry II Organic I Organic II Physics I Physics II Anatomy  
Biology I Biology II Organic I Lab Organic II Lab Biochemistry Physiology Anatomy Lab  
      Genetics Cell Biology Physiology Lab    
      Apply for RAP*        

*If you're a qualified Missouri or Kansas resident, apply for UMKC's Reserved Admission Program, immediately after completing your fourth full semester!


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times